740 Denman Street

700 block of Denman Street, east side; 1962; detail from West End from the air, Vancouver City Archives; Air P96; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/west-end-from-air.

 

740 Denman Street was the original address of a building on the southeast corner of Denman Street and Alberni Street.

 

Southeast corner of Denman Street and Alberni Street; Google Streets, searched June 23, 2019; image dated May 2018.

 

Legal Description: District Lot: 185; Block 55; north half of Lot 15.

 

Goad's Atlas of the city of Vancouver - 1912 - Vol 1 - Plate 7 - Coal Harbour to Barclay Street and Cardero Street to Stanley Park

Goad’s Atlas of the city of Vancouver – 1912 – Vol 1 – Plate 7 – Coal Harbour to Barclay Street and Cardero Street to Stanley Park.

 

740 Denman Street, 742 Denman Street, 750 Denman Street and 760 Denman Street – detail from Goad’s Atlas of the city of Vancouver – 1912 – Vol 1 – Plate 7 – Coal Harbour to Barclay Street and Cardero Street to Stanley Park.

 

740 Denman Street, 742 Denman Street, 750 Denman Street, 760 Denman Street, detail from Goad’s Atlas of Vancouver, Volume 1, Plate 49; [Cardero Street to Georgia Street to Denman Street to Haro Street]; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-49-cardero-street-to-georgia-street-to-denman-street-to-haro-street.

There are three references to this property in Heritage Vancouver Society’s database of historic building permits: http://permits.heritagevancouver.org/index.php?cID=1 [searched June 23, 2019].

In addition, Heritage Vancouver has provided additional information on a 1905 permit.

1-Jan-1905
Owner: Hoy, Chas.
DL 185, BLK 55, LOT N 1/2 of 15
[700] Denman Street
$1,400
Frame dwelling;
[PROV Jan-13-1906, p. 21; Added legal desc.; Water permit 7526 issued Jan-15-1905; Charles Hoy, 700 Denman (1906 Directory) (1906 Directory) [Names]; Note: 1906 street directory lists Charles Hoy, bakery at 740 Denman Street]

 

Vancouver Province, January 13, 1906, page 21, column 1 [selected portions].

District: Vancouver
Permit: 3235
Owner: Hay & Sons
Architect: Hay & Sons
Builder: Hay & Sons
Legal Address: DL: Block: Sub: Resub: Lot:
Date (Y-M-D): 1912-08-20
Street Number: 740
Street Name: Denman Street
Value: $2,000.00
Remarks: Office/store; brick addition to factory; 20,000 bricks, 4 barrels cement [DBR]
Reference ID: VN-3300-3301-2016

 

District: Vancouver
Permit: 4468
Owner: Hay & Son Ltd.
Architect: Hay & Son Ltd.
Builder: Hay & Son Ltd.
Legal Address: DL: Block: Sub: Resub: Lot:
Date (Y-M-D): 1913-03-05
Street Number: 740
Street Name: Denman Street
Value: $400.00
Remarks: Office/store
Reference ID: VN-3400-3401-347

 

District: Vancouver
Permit: A-1667
Owner: Sowden, O.
Architect:
Builder: Owner
Legal Address: DL: Block: Sub: Resub: Lot:
Date (Y-M-D): 1921-08-29
Street Number: 740
Street Name: Denman Street
Value: $500.00
Remarks: Office/Store; Repairs/Alterations;
Reference ID: VN-19215266-8

 

Vancouver directory listings from 1906 to 1924:

1906 to 1907 Hoy, Charles
1908 Hoy & Sons Bakers
1914 Kingshott, Mary
1914 Shelly Brothers
1915 Goddard, George
1916 Morley, Henry William
1917 to 1919 Vacant Store
1920 to 1924 Sowden, Sarah Anne

 

Vancouver Daily World, August 30, 1905, page 8, column 1.

 

Vancouver Daily World, July 17, 1907, page 17, column 2.

 

Vancouver Province, December 16, 1910, page 37, column 4.

 

In 1913, a fire damaged part of the building.

 

Vancouver Sun, May 26, 1913, page 6, column 6.

 

In 1914 and 1915, Shelly Brothers had a bakery outlet at 740 Denman Street. (Further information appears on the page for Shelly Brothers: https://westendvancouver.wordpress.com/business-names/shelly-brothers/.)

 

Vancouver Daily World, September 4, 1915, page 2, columns 5-7.

 

This site was later the location of a grocery store, a confectionery, and other commercial businesses.

 

Vancouver Daily World, March 15, 1919, page 22, column 5.

 

Vancouver Sun, May 12, 1924, page 10, column 7.

 

Vancouver Province, April 29, 1928, page 23, column 6.

 

Robbers held up the store several times in the 1930s and 1940s.

 

Vancouver Sun, October 20, 1931, page 4, column 4.

 

Vancouver Province, January 27, 1932, page 22, column 3.

 

Vancouver Province, February 14, 1944, page 18, column 1.

 

At least two more fires occurred in the building.

 

Vancouver Sun, July 12, 1945, page 3, column 2.

 

Vancouver Province, March 26, 1951, page 5, column 1.

 

In 1953 and 1966, the property was for sale.

 

Vancouver Province, March 28, 1953, page 46, column 7.

 

Vancouver Sun, November 18, 1966, page 54, column 5.

 

New Address Numbers

At some point (possibly in the mid-1970s) the City of Vancouver changed the street numbering for this block.

The former 740 Denman Street became several new addresses: 704 Denman Street, 708 Denman Street and 718 Denman Street.

The address of 740 Denman Street became part of the lot that included 750 Denman Street.

 

700 block of Denman Street, east side, Vanmapp, City of Vancouver; http://vanmapp.vancouver.ca/pubvanmap_net/default.aspx. [Includes 1912 Goad’s map of Vancouver and property addresses in 2019.]

 

Vancouver Sun, March 18, 1976, page 57, column 5.

 

A convenience store and postal outlet occupies the ground floor of the building in 2019.

 

704 Denman Street and 708 Denman Street; Google Streets; searched June 23, 2019; image dated May 2016.

 

 

The “New” 740 Denman Street

 

An art gallery was at 740 Denman Street in 2001.

 

Vancouver Sun, August 16, 2001, page C17, column 2.

 

A series of restaurants later occupied this site.

 

Vancouver Province, May 13, 2004, page B10, column 5.

 

Vancouver Sun, January 15, 2011, page E8, column 4.

 

740 Denman Street (on right); Google Streets; searched June 22, 2019; image dated October 2018.

 

Note: Thanks to Heritage Vancouver [http://heritagevancouver.org/] for the information on the 1905 building permit.